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Private Sector Development Officer Ė Corporations, Foundations and Major Gifts

Planet Aid
Location: Elkridge, MD, USA
Last Date: March 28, 2011

Private Sector Development Officer Ė
Corporations, Foundations and Major Gifts.

Planet Aid is a US-based member of the International Federation of Organizations Humana People to People (HPP). HPP is an international network of nationally-registered organizations that promote community-based development in the areas of health, food-security/agriculture and education. A 501(c)3 organization, Planet Aid collects and sells donated clothing to support projects implemented by Federation members in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since 1997, Planet Aid has supported more than 60 projects in 15 countries, contributing more than $60 million. In addition to income generated from its clothing recycling program, Planet Aid receives significant funding from USG sources including USAID and USDA. Planet Aid is a member of InterAction, the Global Health Council, the Alliance for Global Food Security, and Aid for Africa.

With the aim of diversifying this existing funding-base, Planet Aid will launch a private sector partnership initiative to increase funding from corporations, foundations, and major-gifts.

We seek an entrepreneurial individual with a proven track record in obtaining funding from corporations, foundations and other private/individual sources to lead this initiative from strategic design to partnership development to writing of proposals and fund-solicitation.

A part of the position will also be partnership building and proposal development to build the organizationís USG portfolio in the areas of Agriculture and Food Security with a focus on Feed the Future and other important USG initiatives.

The Private Sector Business Development Officer will coordinate all components of Planet Aidís Private Sector funding initiative. He/she will lead the strategic design process for the initiative. This strategy will include an opportunity analysis and will result in a general approach as well as specific activities and targets for reaching the desired results. Following design of the strategy, he/she will be responsible for implementation of the strategy including identifying, developing and closing grants and gifts at the $250,000 and above level. The Business Development Officer will build partnerships with the private sector, making initial contact with and maintaining an ongoing relationship with potential funders as well as developing and writing concept papers and applications to meet fundersí requirements. He/she will be charged with a) understanding private sector partnersí motivations and giving targets, b) understanding Planet Aidís unique mission and international scope and c) building win-win partnerships between Planet Aid and Private sector partners that enable both parties to achieve targets and maximize impact. Part of his/her time will be spent outside of the office in meetings, conferences and other networking events. Some national travel may be required.

The Private Sector Business Development Officer will be part of the International Partnerships team and will work closely with other team members on specific projects. He/she will report to the Director of International Partnerships and the organizationís President.
Experience: Minimum of five years of fundraising experience with a proven record of achieving results. The successful candidate has the ability to draw out the expertise of others, and the ability to develop and present new ideas and approaches for discussion and implementation. He/she should be interested in building upon the existing development operation, and in understanding Planet Aidís and Federation membersí core capacities and how these capacities can be best communicated to a private sector audience. The successful candidate will have experience building partnerships with corporations with the ability to specify dollars raised and strategies employed. The ideal candidate will have both experience living and working overseas, a passion for international development work and experience in the private sector.
Specific Skill Requirements:
Proven success in corporate, foundation, and major gifts fund-raising
Experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors
Familiar with current trends in corporate, foundation and major-gifts fund-raising
Existing connections within networks of potential corporate partners
Experience leading strategic design processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with the ability to act as a public spokesperson, and experience in delivering clear and effective messages to both internal and external audiences
Deep understanding of international development, specifically in the areas of health, agriculture and education
The experience in USG grants writing and negotiation skills with major contractor and other PVOís.
Proven ability to work as both a team-leader and a team-member
Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to see a task through from start to finish
Experienced, efficient no-nonsense researcher
Excellent writing skills and strong record of writing grant proposals.
Some experience with branding and development of promotional materials is a plus.

Full time staff position

Salary to be negotiated.

Job location: Elkridge, MD

US Citizens only as the position is in the USA

Applications may be emailed to: Jana Teppih at


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